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by Wayfarer
Mon May 25, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Interesting paper on some early Dzogchen texts
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: Interesting paper on some early Dzogchen texts

Excellent site and bio. Looks like a formidable scholar.
by Wayfarer
Sun May 24, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

Again, 'eternalism' is not accepting the fact of individual agency or of persons. 'Eternalism' is the religious belief that there is an everlasting essence that will be reborn in perpetuity, forever - hence the name! There's a lot of disinformation and confusion spouted on this forum about this ques...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 24, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46068

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

another vital point is that the Interent, purely by the nature of the medium, has completely changed the cultural dynamics. Whereas published newspapers had editorial oversight and responsibility for their content, Internet platforms like Facebook routinely deny any responsibility for what they allo...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 23, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

Then a certain brahman approached the Blessed One; having approached the Blessed One, he exchanged friendly greetings. After pleasant conversation had passed between them, he sat to one side. Having sat to one side, the brahman spoke to the Blessed One thus: “Venerable Gotama, I am one of such a do...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 23, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

What is 'essence'? It's basically a term from Aristotle -'esse' being 'that which defines what something is'. Esse is 'essential nature', which confers the identity of the thing. You can take away 'accidents' - color, size, etc - and still retain essence, but if the essence is taken away, then you h...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 22, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

Not everything is impermanent. The flux of phenomena are impermanent. If everything was impermanent then the Buddha's teaching would not have lasting validity.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 22, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

That’s easy to say.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 22, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

Astus wrote: In that context one talks of one's responsibility and such, so there is an agent who acts of his own volition, and then suffers the outcome of those acts.
‘That context’ is existence, life and the living of it.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 22, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

A point about 'eternalism'. According to Bhikkhu Bodhi's commentary on the Brahmajala Sutta, 'eternalism' is best understood in the context of the religious and cultural world in which the Buddha taught. Bear in mind that the Buddha himself is said to have recalled all of his previous existences on ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

So one can apply that for the self as well. To say: "There is no self" is nihilistic view. "There is no ultimately existing self" is what Buddha taught. This is the nub of the issue. In the very short text Ananda Sutta , the Buddha is asked straight out by Vachagotta the Wanderer, whether the self ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

This ['afflicted mind'] ceases functioning and what is left is enlightened consciousness, which is defined differently according to various traditions, but has as a common descriptor that it is free of afflictions and stains. You won't find that distinction in the Pali texts, at least not explicitl...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

In many of those verses, we find the phrase ‘...with the cessation of volitional formations, cessation of consciousness...’ as If this in itself is the fulfilment of the teaching. The question could be asked in respect of the question posed by the original post, how is the ‘cessation of consciousnes...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Manjushris Activity
Replies: 16
Views: 448

Re: Manjushris Activity

by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from an old geezer in Canada!
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Greetings from an old geezer in Canada!

and another (even older) geezer :hi: (in Australia).

Struggle is part of it. What was that old saying? 'The struggle is the glory'.
by Wayfarer
Thu May 21, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Manjushris Activity
Replies: 16
Views: 448

Re: Manjushris Activity

That writer on Learn Religions, Barbara O’Brien, writes good articles on Buddhist topics. She was the editor of About.com’s Buddhist pages for some years. :thumbsup:
by Wayfarer
Wed May 20, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 139
Views: 1771

Re: Nihilistic view

It [nihilism] is normally understood as a denial of moral values, something that is clearly a wrong view according to any Buddhist. The philosophical question then arises what is the connection between 'what is real' and 'what is the basis for moral values'. In Western culture, the question is pose...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 15, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46068

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

I have been researching space travel, and I’m convinced it will never happen, certainly not in our lifetimes, in any meaningful way. Elysium is a somewhat dumb movie, but it shows one a possible future. Hint, the rich lose. As it happens, watched it last night. But it doesn't involve travel to othe...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 15, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Best books on general Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 367

Re: Best books on general Mahayana Buddhism

That Westerhoff title looks terrific :thumbsup:
by Wayfarer
Fri May 15, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46068

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

should add, I haven't taken in that Guardian piece yet, which is, as it says, a long read, but I'll make a point of doing so.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 15, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1101
Views: 46068

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

The problem with automation is that it eliminates jobs. I read somewhere recently that this is something of an urban myth. The areas in the US that have the highest level of automation also have very low unemployment (e.g, Seattle, San Francisco) whereas previous coal-mining and industrial manufact...

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